Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,334
Catalog: KM-10
Obverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Reverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Composition: Copper
Weight: 6.7400g
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Lettered
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1793 1/2C MS obverse 1793 1/2C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The first United States half cents were 35,334 pieces minted between July 20 and September 18, 1793. The dies are believed to have been prepared by Henry Voigt, but this remains uncertain. Half cents of this date are smaller in diameter than subsequent issues and bear a unique design adapted from the beautiful Libertas Americana medal coined in France. Liberty's bust faces left in this year alone, and the Phrygian Cap of the freedman is borne on her right shoulder. The wreath is extremely elaborate, with extensive detailing that required individual hand-punchings in the die preparation process. This type's beaded border is also unique to the 1793 coinage. In addition to the value expressed two ways on the reverse, the edge of each coin reads TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR in incused letters.

Two obverse dies were paired with three reverse dies for a total of four marriages. Few collectors seek these coins by varieties, as they are rare enough by type to present a significant collecting challenge. This is especially true of coins having smooth planchets and no damage.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/29/2015

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1793 1/2C MS Brown
Base $ 4250 6550 11000 14750 24500 31500 37500 45000 53500 74000 82000 123500 191000 425000 1100000 - - - -
$ 27500 39500 42000 49000 65000 80000 90000 125000 200000 500000 - - -

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Total Graded: 166
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

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3/17/2008 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 230, 236/Lot# 2 $41,400.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1113 $1,638.00
10/17/2010 NGC Details G Details  Teletrade Auction 2943, 2943/Lot# 1000 $1,437.50
10/27/2010 PCGS VG 8   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 3426 $3,450.00
9/6/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3361 $55,812.50
4/24/2013 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1044 $2,115.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 4 $718,750.00
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 167862 $26,950.00
8/8/2014 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3098 $1,468.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1793 1/2C MS Brown
1793 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Grade: VF 35 BN
Points: 6089
Owner: BillJones
Grade: VF 30 BN
Points: 6089
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